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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Ted Cruz
U.S. Senator, R-Texas
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
Cruz: Absent a search warrant particularized to an individual suspected terrorist, does the NSA currently have the ability and access to voicemail content, to text messages or to financial records that are now being collected by the CFPB on millions of American citizens?
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
Alexander: I apologize I’m not familiar, Senator, with CFPB. Cruz: consumer financial protection bureau. (Does NSA have access to CFPB?) Alexander: not that I know of, Senator, no. In fact, if we, to be clear, if we have to go after any U.S. person, it would almost always be an FBI, not an NSA lead. Has to have a probable cause warrant and you would have to go to the probable cause whether it’s under a regular court or the FISA court depending on the type of action . Cruz: And is that answer the same for voice mail content and text messages? Alexander: Voice mail, all content, any targeting of a U.S. person would have to be done that way
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
Hirono: General Alexander, is PRISM the only intelligence program NSA runs under section under FISA section 702? Alexander: Well PRISM was the, well yes, essentially the only program that you know was PRISM under 702 which operates under that authority for the court, but we also have programs under 703, 704 and 705.
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator (D- Vermont), Judiciary Committee Chairman
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
The government has not made its case in bulk collection of domestic phone records is an effective counterterrorism tool especially in light of the intrusion on American privacy. In addition I actually find the legal justification for this bulk collection to be strained, at best. Looked at the classified list of cases involving section 215 and I found to be unconvincing.
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator (D- Vermont), Judiciary Committee Chairman
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
The Deputy Director of the NSA himself acknowledge that, at our last hearing a couple of weeks ago, there is no evidence Section 215 phone records collection have thwarted dozens, or even several, terrorist plots.
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator (D- Vermont), Judiciary Committee Chairman
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
We all agree we have to ensure our nation's security. We also have to restore the trust of the American people in our intelligence community. Fundamentally we have to protect the liberties that have kept us great in a diversified democracy and the envy of countries around the world because of our democracy
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
Alexander: There are cases where the FBI might start a terrorist threat in the United States. If there's a terrorist threat in the United States and they get a warrant to go after that or a FISA then we can use (spicma?) to go after that. we can use this to look at hostages overseas U.S. hostages. We can look at this to track industries because U.S. companies are considered U.S. persons under this law that are the targets of terrorist communications. What we aren’t doing we’re not creating social networks on our families. We aren’t doing that and the insinuation that we’re doing that is flat wrong. I take exception to that.
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator (D- Vermont), Judiciary Committee Chairman
CSPAN2 10/02/2013
Leahy: Is what you're doing being reviewed by the FISA court? Alexander: Not in all cases. Some of these cases that deal with Executive order 12333 that fall under the business records 215, 3 &4 would be. These would not be reviewed but they are reviewed by the administration and audited by our people. Leahy: My time is up. You have raised well – Other Senator: one of the problems we have is this -- with this program is there is not enough transparency. Leahy: Thank you. I worry. You say it's executive authority not FISA court authority. Does anybody have oversight of other than the executive branch? congress too.>> Has this been reported to the congress either the Intelligence (committee's? )
Jim Sensenbrenner
U.S. Representative (R-Wisconsin), Chairman of Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
FBC 10/12/2013
Sensenbrenner: You have to do a two-pronged thing. One is the lawsuit against Clapper, who is the National Intelligence Director. And remember he told the senate committee that he gave the least untruthful answer. Well, lying to Congress is a federal crime and he should be fired by the president and prosecuted by the justice department. Now the other prong is doing it legislatively and Senator Patrick Leahy and I will be introducing legislation as soon as we can get this back from the shutdown to properly do the drafting.
Morgan Radford
Anchor/Correspondent, Al Jazeera America
ALJAZAM 10/13/2013
The award is given by former US security officers, and in his acceptance speech Snowden said surveillance programs are a threat to democracy. Snowden: People all over the world are realizing these programs don't make us more safe. They hurt our economy and hurt our country and they limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative and to have relationships and to associate freely.
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